In addition to Ask Karen, we also provide email and phone support for your food safety questions.
Type of Food
Food (except meat and poultry)
Inquiries: Submit Your Question.
Phone: Call 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366)
Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products
Email: Send your question to email@example.com.
Phone: Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) (TTY: 1-800-256-7072)
Email: Send your question to CVMHomeP@cvm.fda.gov.
Phone: Call the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine at 240-276-9300 and leave a message. Your question will be answered within 2 business days.
Illness or Food Poisoning
Email: Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: Ask a Foodborne Illness Question (CDC) at